Okinawa Island

Travel Guide
Busena Marine Park which includes general coastal views

Recharge on stunning white beaches, walk around historic castles and visit one of the world’s largest aquariums on this tropical island in the south of Japan.

Okinawa is a rare tropical paradise that mixes a beach-going culture with a preservation of the past. Try exciting watersport, tan on white-sand beaches, watch whale sharks gliding in an aquarium or visit a castle that once protected the archipelago’s rulers.

Okinawa is the main island of the Okinawa Prefecture, an archipelago of 160 islands south of mainland Japan. Its main access point is Naha, a busy urban sprawl that also serves as the region’s capital. Find shopping, food and crowds along Kokusai-Dori, Naha’s main street. While here, taste Okinawan soba, a soup-noodle dish famous to the area.

Not far from town, the hilltop Shuri Castle reminds visitors of the island’s ancient history. Take a short drive south from Naha to the Peace Memorial Park, where monuments pay tribute to the quarter of a million American and Japanese civilians and soldiers who died here in World War II. It was one of the Pacific’s most fierce battles.

To the north, the Ocean Expo Park gives visitors the chance to learn about the archipelago’s marine life. See whale sharks cruising alongside tropical fish at Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium, home to one of the world’s biggest fish tanks. Nearby attractions such as a re-creation of a 17th-century Okinawan village and a botanical garden boasting more than 2,000 orchids make northern Okinawa a satisfying daytrip destination.

The island features miles of popular and less-crowded beaches that are a great to visit throughout summer. The best swimming months are between April and October. Scuba dive amongst rock formations at Mission Beach or enjoy views from the lighthouse at Cape Zanpa.

Not far from the coast, walk to the Hiji Waterfall or traverse stunning pineapple fields in Nago Pineapple Park. Follow subterranean streams of photograph stalactites at Gyokusendo Cave.

Fly into Reach Okinawa’s Naha Airport from Japan or China. Get around the city by bus. Alternatively, rent a car (or moped) to travel further afield. Tours can be booked through Naha’s travel agencies.

HOTEL AQUA CITTA NAHA by WBF
HOTEL AQUA CITTA NAHA by WBF
3.5 out of 5
The price is HK$487 per night from 20 Oct to 20 Oct
This family-friendly Naha hotel is located near the airport, within a 15-minute walk of Tomari Port, Midorigaoka Park and Sogenji Temple. Kokusai Dori and Fukushu-en ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (1,001 reviews)
"More staff required to clean common area to reduce the amount of trash left behind by hotel guest, specially during this pandemic. Example someone left the face mask in the pool area which blew into the pool."

Reviewed on 3 Oct 2021

HOTEL AQUA CITTA NAHA by WBF
Halekulani Okinawa
Halekulani Okinawa
5 out of 5
The price is HK$3,462 per night from 7 Nov to 7 Nov
This family-friendly Onna hotel is located by the ocean, within a 5-minute walk of Okinawakaigan Quasi-National Park, Kariyushi Beach and Kibogaoka Entrance ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (803 reviews)
"Beautiful location and well maintained hotel. Staff is extremely attentive and helpful. Will definitely stay here again."

Reviewed on 13 Jul 2021

Halekulani Okinawa
Rizzan Sea-Park Hotel Tancha-Bay
Rizzan Sea-Park Hotel Tancha-Bay
4 out of 5
1496 Tancha, Kunigami, Onna, Okinawa-ken
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is HK$602 per night from 15 Nov to 15 Nov
Nestled on the beach, this Onna resort is within 3 mi (5 km) of Tiger Beach and Nakadomari Site. Iha Castle Ruins and Bios no Oka Nature Park are also within ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (1,633 reviews)
"Everything is perfect, I love how friendly the staff are, the beach is perfect!! The indoor and outdoor pool are great and dont let me start about the food! So far one of the best breakfast I ever had (specially on the weekends), you can eat outside with the beach view or inside, or even in the bench ..."

Reviewed on 6 Oct 2021

Rizzan Sea-Park Hotel Tancha-Bay
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Terrace Resort Chatan West
Terrace Resort Chatan West
2.5 out of 5
The price is HK$330 per night from 15 Nov to 15 Nov
Located in Hamagawa, this apartment building is within 1 mile (2 km) of Sunabe Seawall, American Village and Depot Island. American Depot and Sunset Beach are ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (126 reviews)
"Nice and quiet location. Everywhere I needed to go was walking distance. The room I was in was excellent, however, there was no view from the window. I did book the lowest rate room and the room rate was excellent compared to what I actually received."

Reviewed on 8 Jun 2021

Terrace Resort Chatan West
Hotel Sunset Hill
Hotel Sunset Hill
3.5 out of 5
The price is HK$704 per night from 19 Oct to 19 Oct
Situated near the beach, this aparthotel is 1.2 mi (2 km) from Tiger Beach, and within 3 mi (5 km) of Ryukyu Mura and PGM Golf Resort Okinawa. Blue Cave and ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (79 reviews)
Great seaview
"The hotel is extremely difficult to locate for me! The gps said turn right but it’s not possible as it’s not allow in reality! There was a sign board somewhere after u pass by the hotel, however, u will not notice during the night time! Having said that, the hotel has a supreme view view and it’s ..."

Reviewed on 16 Sep 2019

Hotel Sunset Hill
Coldio Pool & Villas SUMUIDE
Coldio Pool & Villas SUMUIDE
3.5 out of 5
The price is HK$3,130 per night from 22 Oct to 22 Oct
Situated in Nago, this holiday home is within 2 miles (3 km) of Okinawakaigan Quasi-National Park, Kourijima Bridge and Warumi Bridge. Kouri Beach and Kouri ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (62 reviews)
Great as always !!
"Our second time here. I can say this is my family’s favorite place to stay. Of course the kids really enjoyed the pool. Will come back again next year before we leave Okinawa. I will miss this place so much!!"

Reviewed on 5 Jul 2021

Coldio Pool & Villas SUMUIDE
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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